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Weekly Update 07/31/2008

July 31, 2008



WOW Project #102 Exact JobBOSS Empowers General Metal Works
Issue: Sales are declining and competitors are cutting into our business.
Vision: Implement lean and invest in cuttingedge machines and technology to reposition the company.
Results: Sales volume doubled, finished goods inventory was reduced 800%, lead times and set up times were cut in half, achieved ISO


A Training Facility To Envy
The newly opened Center for Energy Conservation & Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) at the Milwaukee Area Technical College's (MATC) Oak Creek, Wis., campus could very well be considered a model training facility for all technical colleges nationwide to emulate. Read the full story here

Automotive Automation
Automotive supplier Katayama American Co. needed to integrate a robot and a 3D sensor to perform 100 percent in-line inspection of as many as 12 features on each of the four doors of an upcoming new program for an automotive OEM. Traditional measurement systems were not flexible or fast enough to handle the part volume and cycle time required by the new program. Read the full story here

Shop Branches Out With Pallet Changing
Matrix Metalcraft Inc. said its new automated laser center is the only one of its kind in North America. Read the full story here

Shop finds CAM package boosts productivity and profit
Even manual machining operations gain from CAM program.
These skills are scarce to nonexistent in many rural areas, as drillrig rebuilder PEMCO of New Mexico Inc. found out. Confronting a business boom, it could not get the people to keep up with demand. Read the full story here

Trends In EDM -- A Quote
"Shops will see more cost-effective EDM cells with integrated automation, such as robots and automatic twin-wire operation. More standardmodel machines will include integrated automation. For die-sinking machines, this will include integrated automation – no external units – for electrode and work pallet handling, and machine CNCs will oversee all the automation. In addition, EDMs will be modular in design, so shops can add different automation configurations." Read the full story here

Hot Products

Robotmaster is a CAD/CAM off-line programming software tool for 6-8axis robots. Some benefits of Robotmaster are: creation of simple or complex robot trajectories accurately without teaching points; single solution compatible with multiple robot manufacturers. Robotmaster is ideal for all applications including Trimming, De-burring, De-flashing, Dispensing, Mold Machining, Spray Coating etc. ...

Allied–Spindle Square
  • Self-calibrating Unit – no need for any additional measuring tools!.
  • Comes fully assembled with two indicators mounted.
  • Can be used to square angles with a sine bar.
  • Packaged in custom wood or aluminum case.
  • Machinist designed and tested for accuracy and ease of use.

  • Events

    Benchmarking at IMTS

    American Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year.

    Bruce Vernyi, editor-in-chief of American Machinist, will review the results of this third annual survey, and talk about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS.

    Vernyi also will talk about the program for the Job Shop Day at the IMTS and the speakers that will be featured there.

    August 20,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
    Sign up to hear more! Click Here

    AM Workshop

    American Machinist Presents: Machine Shop Workshop - November 12-14,2008

    The only event that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. Join owners and top managers to explore strategies and improve your business. Register now and save at: Click Here Read the full story here


    American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum

    The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops. The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up and jump in. Click Here

    AM Machine Tool Theater

    American Machinist Announces Launch Of Machine Tool Theater

    American Machinist is pleased to announce the beta launch of Machine Tool Theater at Visit Machine Tool Theater; watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity.Click Here

    Digital Edition

    Now you can get the latest edition of American Machinist delivered directly to your PC. Digital editions allow you to page through articles, click through hotlinks for direct advertiser websites, send emails to authors and other contacts, zoom, print or send to a friend. Click Here

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